Kraken's new Zamboni driver, investor Marshawn Lynch hopes to bring another ring to Seattle
Seattle Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke says Lynch and rapper Macklemore "uniquely want to help" the organization and community.
The Seattle Kraken officially reached Beast Mode.
Five-time Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch celebrated his new role as a minority investor in the NHL team by driving a Zamboni in circles on the team's training facility ice — reminiscent of his injury-cart driving while playing for the California Golden Bears in college.
"They should have known not to put me behind nothing with a steering wheel," Lynch said atop the machine.
The Kraken introduced the retired Seattle running back, along with Grammy Award-winning rapper Macklemore as the newest additions to the team’s investing group Monday.
"On God, I've been a part of a lot of things," Lynch said. "But this is something I never would have imagined. As a young hyena I always dreamed of playing on a professional team, but owning one is something special."
Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke told the Associated Press the new investors will bring a unique perspective to the organization.
"I’d say that perhaps we didn’t need just two more investors," Leiweke said. "But these are investors who uniquely want to help us in the community and are excited about what we’re doing."
Both Lynch and Macklemore have a special connection with the community. They continue to give back through their respective foundations, and the Kraken hope to foster a similar partnership with both local figures.
"I have so much love and appreciation for Seattle, like for real," Lynch said "The thing is, I know Seattle looks out for and supports me, too. It's only right I continue to plant seeds and give back to the city."
Macklemore will have a role in curating events around music and the arts. The Kraken will look to build upon his musical influence within the city. The artist will also work closely with Climate Pledge Arena for upcoming team initiatives.
"Hockey and music are ways for people to come together in a society where it is a little too easy to isolate. Bringing 17,000 people into that arena is something energetic and spiritual and magical."
Lynch will work with the "Hockey is Everyone" campaign to help grow the game in local communities.
The Seattle team made its NHL debut in 2021. The organization quickly made a strong impression in the community. The Kraken are the latest professional team in the city, joining the Seahawks, Mariners, Storm, Sounders and OL Reign.
They currently play in the NHL’s Pacific Division and have recorded 54 points so far during their inaugural season.
A Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks, Lynch has played a role with the Kraken since the beginning. He was part of a selection announcement during last summer’s NHL Expansion Draft.
“As I look back on some of my accomplishments — I retired before I was 30 and now being an owner of a professional club at the age of 35 — I’m going to continue to count my blessings," Lynch said. "Being a part of the Seattle Kraken is something big for me and it gives me another chance to get a ring after helping bring the first one to the city.”